The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) has received a grant from the U.S. DHHS, Office of Minority Health through its State Partnership Program to Improve Minority Health. The funding period is three years and the annual grant award amount is $140,000. The Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement will lead the implementation of this grant to support the OMHHE's Virginia Health Equity Project. This project will work collaboratively to build capacity within VDH, other state agencies and among community partners to promote health equity; including supporting the Healthy People 2020 goals, objectives and initiatives; developing community based participatory initiatives; developing health impact assessments and VDH cultural competence initiatives. In addition to current staffing support, this funding will support the creation of a Health Equity Coordinator and Policy Analyst positions.
The Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement (DMHCE) primary goal is to permanently change the conditions that produce differential health outcomes that will, over time, have a greater effect than traditional interventions.
The Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement (DMHCE) works with stakeholders to identify approaches to eliminate health inequities through a focus on social determinants of health, in addition to more traditional health promotion, as key strategies to eliminate health inequities that exist by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, geography, gender, immigrant status and other social classifications.
Therefore, questions exploring health are reframed to allow for a greater understanding of root causes. For example:
How can we promote healthy behavior?
Health Equity: How can we target dangerous conditions and reorganize land use and transportation policies to ensure healthy spaces and places?
How can we reduce disparities in the distribution of disease and illness?
Health Equity: How can we eliminate inequities in the distribution of resources and power that shape health outcomes?
Dr. Michael Royster explains health inequities and what you can do to eliminate them.